Basketball Preview: Georgia vs. LSU

ATHENS - Josh Kendall takes a look at Georgia's game with LSU.

Georgia (12-6, 4-2 SEC) vs. No. 21 LSU (13-6, 2-3 SEC)

Time/place: 3 p.m./Stegeman Coliseum

Broadcast: Lincoln Financial television, 940-AM

About LSU: The Tigers coming into Athens today don't have much in common with the group that went to the Final Four last year. LSU has lost two straight and is 11th in the SEC in scoring (69.6 points per game). The Tigers are averaging 58.6 points per game in SEC play. "You can't score 55 points in this league and expect to put it on your defense every night," Tigers coach John Brady said. "We're just not very calm offensively. We rush; we're in too big a hurry, and we've got to have some guys just make some plays at the right moments of the game." … The Tigers had a 19-game home winning streak snapped in their last outing, a 64-53 loss to Vanderbilt. … The LSU defense is allowing just 59.1 points per game, the second best total in the SEC.

About Georgia: According to's "bracketology" expert Joe Lunardi, if the NCAA Tournament started today, the Bulldogs would be in, as a No. 9 seed. … Fourth-year Georgia coach Dennis Felton has yet to beat the Tigers. The last time the Bulldogs did that was in 2003 under Jim Harrick and that victory was later vacated due to NCAA violations. … It's a testament to the Bulldogs' improved depth that they don't have a player in the top 15 of minutes played in the SEC this year. … Three Bulldogs are in the top six in the conference in steals -- Sundiata Gaines (No. 1, 2.59 per game), Levi Stukes (No. 5, 2.0 per game) and Mike Mercer (No. 6, 1.94 per game).

Scouting report: This game comes at a great time for the Bulldogs. The Tigers are struggling, having lost two straight and yet to find an offense, but come into Athens still ranked, which means Georgia has a chance to notch a win that will look impressive in March. There's also the revenge factor for the Bulldogs, who were whipped 81-52 last year in Baton Rouge, La. "It was everything we could do just to get out of there with any respect," Felton said. Junior forward Takais Brown will face his biggest challenge yet, literally and figuratively, against LSU's Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who is second in the SEC in scoring (18.2 per game) and first in rebounding (10.4 per game). Brown has taken advantage of a strength advantage in most of his matchups this year, but he'll be on the other end of the matchup against the 6-foot-9, 289-pound Davis. If Davis can neutralize Brown's presence in the paint, Georgia won't get the wide open looks from the outside it's gotten in each of the last two games.

Up next: Georgia vs. Tennessee (7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Knoxville, Tenn.); LSU vs. Alabama (9 p.m., Wednesday, Baton Rouge, La.)

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